Society Comparison Paper (Denmark & Haiti)

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Environmental Studies Kesha B. 12/09/2012 Westwood College Haiti has a failed society partly due the ecosystem while Denmark society lives a successful and sustainably economy. In Haiti, acute poverty forces the population to rely on wood and charcoal for fuel and income, leading to ever more deforestation. Sixty-six percent of Haitians depend on agriculture and small-scale farming, but most cannot produce enough food on the eroded hillsides to even feed their families. When tropical storms regularly hit Haiti, rainfalls ravage crops, bring flooding and wash more topsoil into the sea. The 7.0 Mw earthquake in January 2010 added new dimensions of suffering and urgency. And Haiti’s government, which has been chronically weak for…show more content…
More than two years after the 2010 earthquake, Haiti’s energy supply remains a significant challenge. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Haiti’s 2007 per capita energy consumption was about 1/10 as much as that in the neighboring Dominican Republic, and about 1/24 the global average. The Western Hemisphere’s poorest country is on the same level as war-torn Afghanistan. The country needs new energy for sustained economic development (www.worldwatch.org). Denmark population is a little over 5.5 million people while Haiti’s population is a little over 10 million people. Haiti’s population growth has also triggered the cut down of trees by desperately poor communities who chop the trees for firewood and then use the land to grow crops, the conservationists said. The mountainous forests of Haiti's Massif de la Hotte region have more critically endangered species than anywhere else on earth, according to Alliance for Zero Extinction, a global initiative of 52 conservation organizations. However, only 3 percent of Haiti's original forests remain and they are disappearing at a rate of 10 percent every five years, according to a group of conservation groups including Birdlife International and the Zoological Society of London. In Denmark alone are believed to have more than 30,000 different species. A large group of scientist from NERI and from The Natural History Museum in Aarhus has therefore taken up a tremendous challenge by dividing
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